The International Symposia on Cultural Diplomacy 2013

"The Potential for Cultural Diplomacy in Supporting National and International Governance"

(Berlin, Ankara, Istanbul, Bucharest, Rome, Washington, NYC, Brussels, London; May-August 2013)


The International Symposia on Cultural Diplomacy 2013 is now 6 years old and has become the world's largest event in the field of Cultural Diplomacy. The sixth Symposia will take place in in 2013 and will include large-scale events that will take place in different major capital cities in cooperation with governments, leading academic institutions and civil society organizations throughout the months of May - August 2013.

The 2013 symposia will focus on and explore the potential for cultural diplomacy to successfully support national and international governance; and thus strengthen relations between states & communities and contribute to more just and harmonic relations between societies.

Symposia Participants »

Participation in the Symposia is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics, artists, journalists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, young professionals and students as well as other interested individuals from across the world.

If you would like to reserve a position and participate in the symposia, please click on the "Apply Now" link below and fill out the online application form:

Participant Papers »

The Academy for Cultural Diplomacy encourages academic research and analysis of issues related to the goals of the Symposia, and would therefore like to welcome participants to submit a paper they would like to be considered for delivery at the Symposium. Following the Symposium, the papers will be included in the proposal document that will be issued and sent to all governments and leaders of the international community. To read articles submitted by participants of our international conferences or to submit a paper please click here ».

Symposia Speakers »

Speakers during the Symposia will include leading dignitaries, heads of state, ministers, politicians, diplomats, academics, authors, dignitaries, human rights activists, journalists, musicians, and artists, as well as figures and experts from international politics, economics, the cultural sector, diplomacy, and civil society and private sector representatives from around the world. These speakers will include a large number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board. To learn more about the ICD Advisory Board, please click here ».
The following are among the speakers for the Symposia:

President Francesco Rutelli »
President of the ICD; Former Deputy Prime Minister of Italy; Former Mayor of Rome (more)
Primeminister Enrico Letta »
Primeminister of Italy (more)
President Pietro Grasso »
President of the Italian Senate (more)
Minister Emma Bonino »
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy (more)
Minister Massimo Bray »
Minister of Culture of Italy (more)
Natalie Louise Bennett »
Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales (more)
President Katalin Bogyay »
ICD Advisory Board Member; President of UNESCO's General Conference (more)
President Crin Antonescu »
President of the Romanian Senate (more)
Minister Titus Corlăţean »
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania (more)
Martin Davidson »
Chief Executive, The British Council (more)
The Hon. Michail Kasyanov »
Former Prime Minister of Russia (more)
David Soul »
ICD Advisory Board Member; Celebrated Actor, Director & Singer; Best known for his Role as Detective Kenneth "Hutch"(more)
The Hon. Alan Ferguson »
ICD Advisory Board Member; The 22nd President of the Australian Senate (more)
The Hon. Giovanna Melandri »
President of MAXXI Museum; Former Minister of Culture of Italy (more)
Minister Giuseppe Maria Morganti »
Minister of Culture of San Marino (more)
Minister Adolphe Rukenkanya »
Minster of Youth, Sports and Culture of Burundi (more)

The following Events will take place during May - August 2013:

August 2013


The Berlin Annual African Film & Media Festival 2013 »

“Africa on Screen: Through the Eyes of Africa” (Berlin, Germany; August 22nd- 25th, 2013)

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The London Art as Cultural Diplomacy Conference 2013 »

“Contemporary International Dialogue: Art-based Developments and Culture Shared between Nations”

(London; August 21st - 24th, 2013)

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Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Latin America »

“The Colors of Latin America: Preserving Traditional Arts & Heritage in a Multicultural World”

(Berlin; August 14th - 16th, 2013)

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July 2013


The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the UK »

“Cultural Diplomacy throughout the Commonwealth of Nations: International Cooperation across Six Continents”

(London; July 10th - 12th, 2013)

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The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the EU »

“Sustainable Economic Growth, Further Integration and Common Identity: Moving towards a European Consensus”

(Brussels; July 3rd - 5th, 2013)

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June 2013


Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the African Union »

"African Perspectives: An African Vision for Positive Developments in Africa"

(Berlin; June 26th - 28th, 2013)

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The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA »

“US Cultural Diplomacy: The Use of the Arts in Promoting Dialogue, Fostering Peace, and Initiating Mutual Understanding amongst World Cultures and Civilizations”

(Washington D.C. & New York City; June 24th - 28th, 2013)

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Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Afghanistan & Central Asia »

“Democracy, Development, and Diplomacy in Afghanistan & Central Asia”

(Berlin; June 21st - 23rd, 2013)

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Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Italy »

"Italian Cultural Diplomacy"

(Rome; June 12th - 14th, 2013)

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Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the Asia Pacific »

“The Application of Cultural Diplomacy in Fostering Relations within the Asia Pacific”

(Berlin; June 5th - 7th, 2013)

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May 2013


Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy & Human Rights »

"Towards a Global Human Rights Culture: The Need for a Collective Alliance in the Protection & Promotion of Human Rights"

(Berlin; May 27th - June 1st, 2013)

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Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the Levant »

"Levant, Cradle of Cultural Diplomacy: Rediscovering the Mediterranean"

(Bucharest; May 23rd - 25th, 2013)

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Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Germany »

“How did Berlin become a Multicultural Example? Berlin as a Case Study for Embracing German Cultural Plurality”

(Berlin; May 19th - 22nd, 2013)

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A World Without Walls 2013 »

“Promoting the Culture of Peace and Global Ethics for Conflict Mediation through Cultural Diplomacy”

(Ankara & Istanbul; May 8th - 9th, 2013)

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